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San Diego skiers visit Utah

The annual Utah Gay Ski Safari attracts hundreds of gay and lesbian skiers and snowboarders and will be held Jan. 4-8. The event, sponsored by SkiOUT Utah and SAGA San Diego, brings queers from around the country, not just Southern California.

“Excellent skiing and boarding, combined with affordability and convenience, are the primary reasons why SAGA SD has been organizing ski trips to Utah for so many years,” said Russ Fox, SAGA SD trip leader.

Utah also has a much higher, on average, early season with typically double the snowfall of many Colorado resorts.

The SAGA SD participants will be staying at the newly remodeled Sheraton in Salt Lake City. With most resorts a short 30-minute drive, the location is perfect. The group provides buses to and from the resorts, parties, cocktail receptions, dinner and dance party at JAM.

Participants will explore various resorts throughout the week, including Snowbird, Alta, Brighton and Snowbasin. Those that fly in early enough can also ski The Canyons for free with a same-day airline ticket stub.

“We average about six trips every year,” Fox said. “While many of our trips visit just one resort, a trip to Utah is always a fresh alternative with so many resorts nearby.”

Tickets for the week are $499, which include hotel stay, bus passes, breakfast, mountain tours and group lessons. Utahns who want to participate in the festivities can purchase a la carte lift and bus tickets through SAGA SD. Also, to meet the sexy skiing visitors, check out JAM, which will host parties every night during the stay.

A 30 percent discount on ski and equipment rentals is available through AJ Motion Sports with the promo code SKIOUTUTAH on ajmotionsports.com/deals under referrals.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to SAGASD.com.

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